SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Adventist Church has lengthened its list of requirements for candidates wishing to get baptized.
In addition to the traditional course of Bible studies, candidates will now need to demonstrate at least intermediate fluency in Biblical Greek.
“The new Biblical Greek requirement may add a little more time to baptismal prep but we are convinced it is worth the trouble,” said GC Director of Needless Obstacles, Rhode Blauch.
“We can think of nothing quite as vital to salvation as the ability to effectively argue the minutia of which Bible translation best reflects the original Greek of some of the Bible’s most confusing passages.”
Blauch added that in addition to baptismal vows, candidates will be interviewed in Greek in front of the congregation before they are baptized.